New Program for SLSC...
Cosmos Jr. Academy!
Welcome to South Lakes Soccer Club and our
New Cosmos Jr. Academy!
To more align ourselves with the US Soccer Small sided initiatives, we are introducing a new program for our U7 and U8 players.
(Players born in 2011 and 2012 will be eligible to participate this Fall. (4v4)
*Our current Academy program will continue at U9 and U10. (7v7)*
The SLSC Cosmos Jr. Academy is designed for all young players that are interested in playing soccer at a higher level than Recreational soccer. This program is open to players in the U7-U8 age groups. The Jr Academy will allow players to be exposed to practice and play with children of like ability. This program will also help to bridge the gap from recreational to competitive soccer. The Jr. Academy focuses on the development of each player. This is primarily done through focusing on technical skills, fast footwork, and overall ball mastery. The amount of time players spend individually with a ball has a direct impact on these areas.
They are also introduced to things like speed and agility, as well as proper warm-up and cool down techniques. Developing athleticism and proper habits for taking care of their body will assist them in having a long and healthy experience with soccer.
This program creates a semi competitive environment while still maintaining the learning environment and keeping things fun.
Skill development is the highest priority while making sure players are having fun and developing a passion for the game. Our focus will be on long term development rather than tomorrow’s victories. The win at all cost mentality is not a part of this program. Players will be shown how to play soccer, learn to think on their own, and make decisions, while migrating away from the “kick and run” mentality. Activities will also be “age appropriate” which is critical in the developmental process.
This opportunity will also allow players to be exposed to a professional coaching staff who are licensed, have played the game, and can “paint the picture” by demonstrating good technique. This is very important. Young players learn best when they can see the proper execution of skills while they master them.
Teams will play in house with South Lakes Soccer Club and compete in some friendly matches with other clubs. Teams will also attend tournaments. Prior to each Jr. Academy season the academy staff will discuss match-ups and put together a schedule that challenges each team and each age group. Game schedules will be made available as soon as they are available. The schedule is also subject to change, based on match-ups changing or the availability of the other coach or team. We will do our best to provide as much notice as possible when it comes to games and the schedule.
Teams will play 4v4 without Goalkeepers. Teams will be formed based on the current ability of the players. Players and their abilities change often in these age groups and players will be moved accordingly. These decisions are solely up to the coaching staff and are made at any time during the Jr. Academy year.
The Program will look to form 3-4 teams in each age group per gender. Players may be moved from team to team at any time during the course of the year. These decisions are based completely on the player and their current abilities. Players are in constant competition with each other and also those that choose to enroll in our program from other academy programs or from the recreational program.
Training sessions for all players will be conducted twice per week. All sessions will be held at the competitive/academy practice complex on the days specified by the coaches for that particular age group. You will be notified of the practice days/times as soon as the information becomes available. During the winter months teams will typically train only one day per week and play futsal/indoor soccer.